What Do You Eat When You Have No Money and Almost No Food?

What Do You Eat When You Have No Money and Almost No Food?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have almost no food in the house and no money? That was the situation that Baker’s Man and I found ourselves in back at a time that we refer to as “when we were young and in love.” Both of us were self supporting. He had a full-time job, and I had a couple of […]

Five Dollar Grocery Challenge

Five Dollar Grocery Challenge

What is a five dollar grocery challenge? I learned of this challenge from Amanda over at The Fundamental Home YouTube Channel. She completed two of these challenges, but I’m only completing one challenge. This challenge gives you five dollars with which you are required to get enough food for one person for three meals per day for three days. This challenge is based upon the […]

12 ways to save money on groceries

12 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Regular visitors to Patty Cake’s Pantry will know that I recently completed my $25 per week grocery budget experiment.   I was inspired to try this by a blog post written by Amanda from The Fundamental Home.  Since I live in Southern California, I wondered if it would be possible to replicate her success.  As usual, I convinced my friend, Angie, from Kitchen Southern Hospitality to […]

$25 menu plan, weekly review

$25 Grocery Budget–Week Six Review

The sixth week of our $25 grocery budget challenge is finished, and I will no longer be posting my grocery hauls and menu plan here on Patty Cake’s Pantry.   This challenge has been a learning experience for all of us, and I was surprised that I didn’t feel like we were deprived during this time.  Except for my refusal to buy soft drinks, no one […]

$25 Grocery Haul and Menu Plan--Week 6

$25 Grocery Haul and Menu Plan–Week 6

This is going to be my last week posting this experiment, but I plan to continue with a more restrictive grocery budget until the week before Thanksgiving.   I think that I will follow Amanda’s lead, and allow $30.00 per week for our family’s groceries, but I know that as long as I have a plan, and stick to it, I will be able to adhere […]

$25 menu plan, weekly review

$25 Grocery Budget–Week 5 Review

The fifth week of my challenge has come and gone, and we did much better this week than last, but we continue to have difficulty with adhering to our menu plan.  Sue Chef pointed out that it has been a month, and we have still not had pulled pork sliders or Linguine with Clam Sauce.  She’s right, but fortunately, the ingredients for those two dishes […]

$25 grocery budget--5th week grocery haul and menu plan

$25 Grocery Budget–Week 5 Grocery Haul and Menu Plan

After last week’s disaster, and the previous two weeks of being over budget, I knew that I needed a better plan, so I headed out for my shopping trip with a list in hand that I intended to follow.  This week I skipped the produce sale at Vallarta, and shopped only within a few miles of my home.   I was determined to stick to within […]

Can I feed my family of 5 for $25 a week?

$25 Menu Plan–Week 4 in review–The cost of not having a plan…

This week’s review is about the cost of not having a good plan. You will recall that during my third week of this challenge, I went to the store without a plan.  I purchased what was on sale, and what seemed like a good idea, but I didn’t have a plan for how I would be using those items.  Because I didn’t have a plan, […]

$25 Menu Plan--Fourth Week Grocery Haul and Menu Plan

$25 Menu Plan–Fourth Week Grocery Haul and Menu Plan

After spending more than twice the allotted $25 last week on groceries, I was committed to do my best to adhere to my budget this week.  The problem was that this is an Aldi week.  Once a month, Bus Boy has a doctor appointment in Civilization, and there’s an Aldi a few miles from the hospital.  Whenever he goes to the hospital, we swing by […]

$25 WEEKLY GROCERY BUDGET

$25 Menu Plan–The Third Week Review

In spite of seriously overspending on my grocery budget this week, the rest of the week went well.  We still didn’t make everything on our menu plan, but we  ate enough of them that Sue Chef has agreed to leave the  menu board alone.  That’s definitely good news.